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The pressure to deliver those holiday gifts on time has increased exponentially for retailers and carriers as the coronavirus pandemic has more people shopping online and requiring delivery services in order to receive their items.
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To try and avoid overwhelming networks, which would cause a delay in deliveries, retailers have started their holiday sales months ahead of schedule, ramped up hiring efforts and expanding options like curbside pickup.
ONLINE SHOPPING SURGE COULD LEAD TO HOLIDAY DELIVERY DELAYS
With the number of coronavirus cases rising in the U.S. and the incoming colder weather keeping people out of stores, there may be even more strain on shipping networks in the coming weeks.